Yet again, in an occurrence that has four times now in the last six years, Conor McGregor claims to be hanging up the MMA gloves. Is it ACTUALLY for good this time?
As the Talking Heads once sang, “Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.”
Conor McGregor has once again decided to open up his Twitter app and try to cause some stirring in the MMA world by announcing he is done with the sport…or is he?
The former two-division UFC champion sent out a tweet at about 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 4 giving his thanks to the sport that he helped bring to another level. It seemed like a message that he would never be stepping into the cage ever again.
Only 42 minutes later, McGregor posted another tweet, taking the “I’ll never let go, Jack!” quote from the 1997 Titanic movie. This tweet, combined with the other one, now has the MMA world taking that as a near-immediate unretirement, a confirmation that he’s going to Hollywood for good (he’s staring in the upcoming new re-make of Road House) or just plain confused.
Conor McGregor sending mixed signals as he teases yet another retirement from Mixed Martial Arts
This isn’t McGregor’s first instance of announcing his retirement from the Octagon via social media, so there is reason to take this retirement with a grain of salt.
In 2016, McGregor announced his retirement from MMA after getting into hot water with UFC President Dana White and the promotion for no-showing a media event in the lead-up to his rematch with Nate Diaz.
He would un-retire only a day later.
The second retirement came in March 2019, during a time in which he was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the post-fight events of his UFC 229 bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
This retirement, which lasted a little over a week, would come with more controversy as it began an eventful year for McGregor, who’d run into legal trouble for sexual assault allegations, smashing a fan’s phone and punching an elderly gentleman in a pub.
The third retirement came in June 2020, posting his tweet immediately after UFC 250. At that time, the UFC had been having negotiation issues with many of its top stars, including Jorge Masvidal and Jon Jones.